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Weekly Reviews: Sequels

Fuse

Trilogies. How many of us shudder at the thought? How many of us miss those great standalone novels? A whole story arc in one book – imagine! On the other hand, many readers enjoy knowing that there is more to come. In a student bookgroup meeting last week, as we discussed what to read next, [...]

Blackout

Blackout

What began with Feed and continued with Deadline, now concludes with Blackout. Oh, and there’s Countdown, a novella that goes back to the origins of the zombie plague. And another titled San Diego 2014, which takes place during Comic-Con. Seems like Grant is hardly finished with this world! There is a fun piece on the Orbit [...]

Devil’s Wake

Devil's Wake

Devil’s Wake, the first in a new series by husband and wife writing team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, adds welcome diversity to the crowded zombie field. Tananarive Due is author of the acclaimed African Immortals series, which can also be recommended to young adults. It includes My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and My Soul to Take. [...]

Zombie

Zombie

The colorful, unusual cover of J.R. Angelella’s first novel is bound to inspire curiosity in teens, don’t you think?  It’s hard to tell just what it might contain. The answer — a different sort of coming-of-age story which, despite its title, harbors no zombies. Instead, a zombie movie-obsessed teen boy. The review on Paste is a [...]

Frail

Frail

First, I have to say how thrilled I am that AB4T has been nominated for an Edublog Award in the Best Librarian/Library Blog category. I certainly share the honor with the many fellow librarians who contribute book reviews and guest posts to this blog. It is a wonderfully collaborative effort, which is what makes this [...]

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Jonathan Maberry, author of popular YA novels Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay (both Simon & Schuster, 2010 & 2011 respectively), is out with a new adult zombie novel this week. Maberry debuted Dead of Night as a special guest at ZomBcom 2011 this weekend. You may also know Maberry for his Joe Ledger novels, [...]

Deadline (Newsflesh #2)

Deadline

The first in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, Feed, was the second book ever reviewed on this blog, back in October. Since then, Feed has been nominated for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel (awarded by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy novel). The Newsflesh series webpage, on Grant’s site, [...]

Shakespeare Undead

Shakespeare Undead

It is 1592, and zombies have overtaken London. Who better to stop the undead than Shakespeare? And oh yes, Shakespeare is himself a vampire because, really, how could anyone write so many great works in one lifetime? HANDELAND, Lori. Shakespeare Undead. 320p. St. Martin’s/Griffin. 2010. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-312-64152-8. LC 2010014437. Adult/High School–Sure, this is [...]

Steampunk

Dreadnought

Cherie Priest’s first Clockwork Century novel, Boneshaker (Tor, 2009) won the 2010 Locus Award for Best SF Novel and was nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo. If you are looking for a review, check out this one by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing. Today’s book, Dreadnought, is the second novel in her steampunk Clockwork Century [...]

Swedish Imports

Handling the Undead

Looking forward to several hours of train travel on Christmas Day, I promised myself a mindless read. Nothing teen-related, nothing for a bookgroup. So I picked a Swedish mystery/thriller from my shelf. (Full disclosure: Last Christmas I bought my Dad a pile of Swedish mysteries to compliment his enjoyment of Stieg Larsson. I have since–surprise!–borrowed [...]